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Mad Mike Hughes, built himself a ‘home-made’ steam-powered rocket and launched himself off the ground at 325 miles per hour, in order to prove the Earth is shaped like a frisbee.
The self-taught rocket scientist, who believes the earth is flat and we have all been lied to, launched his home-built rocket near Amboy, California.
The launch was supposed to take place in November of 2017 but was scrubbed several times until it finally took place in March 2018, as he successfully propelled himself 1,875 feet into the air, coming back in ‘one piece’ despite the fact that his steam-powered rocket cracked up during the ‘hard’ landing in the Mojave Desert.
The launch was scrubbed in 2017 mostly due to logistical issues with the Bureau of Land Management and a few mechanical problems that kept popping up.
While speaking to the Associated Press, Mad Mike Hughes, who has been compared to the cartoon character Wile E. Coyote, said that other than a little back pain, he is fine. “Relieved,” he said after being checked out by paramedics.
“I’m tired of people saying I chickened out and didn’t build a rocket. I’m tired of that stuff. I manned up and did it.”
Mad Mike Hughes, who is, in fact, a limo driver, redesigned his mobile home into a vertical rocket-launching platform so he wouldn’t land on on public land.
Hughes and his team say that they were looking for 350 psi for maximum thrust, but it was dropping to 340.
“I told Mike we could try to keep charging it up and get it hotter,” said Waldo Stakes, who helped Hughes with his endeavor.
He said, “No.” Then, all of a sudden, on March 24, 2018, around 3 p.m. PDT, and without a countdown, Hughes’ home-made steam rocket soared into the sky.
Mad Mike is believed to have reached a speed of around 350 mph before pulling his parachute.
However, he was dropping too fast and he deployed a second parachute. Eventually, the home-made steam rocket and Mad Mike Hughes landed with a thud, and his home-made rocket’s nose broke into two pieces.
“This thing wants to kill you 10 different ways,” said Hughes, who installed an altimeter in his cockpit so he could measure his altitude.
“This thing will kill you in a heartbeat.”
“Am I glad I did it? Yeah. I guess. I’ll feel it in the morning. I won’t be able to get out of bed. At least I can go home and have dinner and see my cats tonight.”
Before the launch, Hughes addressed his followers and critiques on Facebook, where he maintained that his mission was never to prove the Earth is flat.
“Do I believe the Earth is shaped like a Frisbee? I believe it is,” he said when asked about the shape of the Earth.
“Do I know for sure? No. That’s why I want to go up in space.”
That’s why Hughes has another daring plan. Dubbed as project Rackoon, Hughes wants to build a rocket that is carried into the atmosphere by a gas-filled balloon. After a certain altitude, the rocket is separated from the balloon and lit. It is expected that this rocket could take Mad Mike hugs nearly 70 miles high.
“My story really is incredible,” Hughes said.
“It’s got a bunch of storylines – the garage-built thing. I’m an older guy. It’s out in the middle of nowhere, plus the Flat Earth.”